2014 MLB Free Agency: The Top 5 Available Third Basemen

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2014 MLB Free Agency: The Top 5 Available Third Basemen

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Major League Baseball is a really large place when you think about it. There are a ton of players at every position. Think about 30 teams each with a 40-man roster and you come up with 1200 players. Considering that fact, there are obviously players that hit free agency at each position every single year. This slideshow is going to focus on the top 5 available third basemen on the 2014 MLB free agent market.

Don’t assume because of the words available free agent, that there are five extremely good players available this year because chances are you would be disappointed. The third base market is a little bit weak as a whole in MLB right now with Miguel Cabrera clearly being the most valuable and Josh Donaldson of the Oakland Athletics possibly one of the top few third basemen in the game. Neither of those guys is on the market this year.

You will recognize some of these names but I promise anyone looking for a good third basemen is likely to examine the trade market as strongly as they will the free agent market with Chase Headley probably being the best available for a possible trade. This is a trade article however so let us get started with the top 5 available third basemen on the free agent market. Again the key word here is available. Please leave any comments in the section below.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – Mark Derosa

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Derosa probably isn’t going to threaten a batting title anytime in the near future and at 38 he is one of the older available players. Older doesn’t mean the same as not valuable though. Derosa has always been solid defensively, is capable of playing several positions and is good with the bat from time to time.

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4 – Eric Chavez

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Chavez has spent most of his time with the Athletics but this season was spent with the DBacks. He is decent with the bat in his hands and is very reliable defensively. He could be a solid option for a team wanting to ease in a younger player slowly and could have a few surprises left in his career.

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3 – Placido Polanco

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Polanco didn’t have the greatest season with the Miami Marlins in 2013 but he is extremely talented defensively and possesses decent speed for a veteran. He could do more than just play third as he is versatile in many ways. He also would be a very cheap option for a team looking for one last solid player.

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2 – Michael Young

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For all the remarks about him not being very good at his job, Young is still one of the best options available this season. Really he hasn’t been that bad offensively with an average of .279, 8 home runs and 46 RBI in 2013. Defensively he is good enough and has veteran skills. Someone will probably be glad to pick him up at a decent price.

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1 – Juan Uribe

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Uribe saw the limelight when he won the NLDS with one swing of his bat. His average of .281 with 12 homers and 50 RBI should have given him some attention as well however. He can play the position and is underrated offensively. Between the gentlemen on this market in 2014, the options don’t get better than Uribe.

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